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Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Shankaran Nambiar is a senior research fellow and Head of Research at the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER).

He has been engaged as a consultant for the Ministries of Finance, International Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in Malaysia. He has also been a consultant for UNESCAP, UNDP, UNECLAC, ILO, ADBI, ASEAN Secretariat, ERIA and JETRO. As a consultant, he has worked on areas such as trade policy, distributive trade, industrial development, competition policy, and poverty.

He is a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and a member of the academic advisory council of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He has been a visiting scholar at the IMF, a visiting research fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and at the ASEAN Studies Center, Universitas Gadja Mada.

He has been a member of the Working Group for the Malaysian Export Council. He has also contributed to the drafting of the Third Industrial Master Plan and the Malaysian Consumers’ Master Plan. He has been a member of the International Working Group on the Doha Agenda.

Dr.Nambiar has conducted feasibility studies for international agencies such as the ASEAN Secretariat and the East-West Center, Hawaii on the US-Malaysia, ASEAN-Pakistan and the ASEAN-India free trade agreements. He has also been a resource person for capacity-building programmes sponsored by the UN in Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

He is author of “Sen’s Capability Approach and Institutions” and three other books on the Malaysian economy.

He is an active commentator on economic and geoeconomic issues. His op-ed pieces and analyses have appeared in the Nikkei Asian Review, the Interpreter, Jakarta Post, East West Center Bulletin, East Asia Forum, the Edge and the Sun. He has also been interviewed by World Politics Review, the Diplomat, DW, WSJ, Focus Malaysia, BFM, the Edge, Voice of America and Penza News.